UK softball soars past Hoosiers in shortened game


University of Kentucky sophomore Bailey Vick bunts during the home opener against the University of Dayton on Thursday, March 1, 2018 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Jordan Prather | Staff

Add another win to the UK softball team’s record: The now 17-6 Wildcats grabbed their second win of the week, this time against Indiana University in a shortened game of five innings. Their 15-1 win follows a Tuesday 8-4 win over Northern Illinois University. 

Kentucky had a powerful game at the plate, scoring 15 total runs on 11 hits. Those 15 runs are their most scored since March of 2013, when the Cats earned 18.

There were a few different faces that showed up at the plate for the Cats, including Hannah Huffman’s first plate appearance. Twelve Kentucky players had at-bats. 

“I think the best part about it is they were ready for their opportunity when it came up and that’s something that we harp on all the time, that when your opportunity is there you got to make sure you capitalize,” said Kentucky head coach Rachel Lawson. 

The No. 22 ranked Cats got their 15-2 win started early with six runs on three hits in the first inning. Alex Martens walked to score outfielder Bailey Vick, then with one out, Abbey Cheek doubled to left field, scoring Jenny Schaper and Katie Reed. IU walked another Wildcat in Lauren Johnson, who brought in Alex Martens, to make the score 4-0. A Vick single to center field scored Mallory Peyton and Cheek.

“Our offense was really good today,” Lawson said. “They did a great job of waiting on their pitch and capitalizing on it.”

Seven more runs would add to the score for the Wildcats in the second inning on three singles, a fielder’s choice and a walk with bases loaded. 

Right fielder Brooklin Hinz stole the show in the third inning when she hit her first home run of the season, scoring Peyton.

“Brooklin works so hard, she’s always in the cages, she works tirelessly in the weight room so just to see good things happen for her is always something that’s pleasurable for me,” Lawson said. 

The Hoosiers earned a run in the fourth inning with an RBI double to the wall, and added another run unearned from a UK error in the fifth inning. 

Kentucky hosts its first SEC opponent of the season this weekend as the Cats take on LSU in a three-game series starting on Saturday at noon.